“Never Give Up”: Heartwarming Moment As 13-Year Minor Leaguer Gets 1st MLB At-Bat

13 years in the minor leagues. 1,155 games. Zero major league at-bats. Until Wednesday night. The scene in Pittsburgh for 33-year-old minor league lifer Drew Maggi as he officially stepped up to the plate to become a major leaguer, was heartwarming to say the least.

A standing ovation from the Pittsburgh Pirates faithful. And so what if he struck out, it's a memory he will forever have. One he's waited 13 years for. And he absolutely appreciated every moment of it. 

"I can't explain what I was feeling in the box... The crowd cheering my name, I got my parents here, my three brothers... This is unbelievable... Thank you everybody.

"My heart started pumping,  and I was like 'this is it, this is the moment.'... Something I've been waiting so long for." 

As for his message that he'll take away from this:

“Never give up no matter what you're doing. If you love something, go for it."

Maggi has a minor league career .254 average with a .697 OPS, and 222 stolen bases. And a story of his major league debut that he'll have forever.